New Position for St. Paul Initiative: Promise Neighborhood Director Position Announcement

29 Jul

From Wilder

New Position for St. Paul Initiative: Promise Neighborhood Director Position Announcement

Director, Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Initiative

  • Regular, Full Time
  • Program: Wilder Center for Communities
  • $88,098-$97,887-$107,675 Annually

The application deadline for this position is August 10, 2011.  We have a very aggressive recruiting deadline and are hoping to have a final candidate selected and identified no later than August 26th.  Please direct interested candidates to our website at for more information regarding the application deadline and process.  

Primary Purpose

The Director of the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhoods will be responsible for the oversight, coordination and implementation of a city-wide planning initiative to transform the educational and developmental outcomes of children in the city of Saint Paul, closing gaps in achievement and creating cradle-to-career supports for all youth. This position will report to the Vice President of Wilder Center for Communities with substantive input and guidance from the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Community Advisory Board.

Essential Job Functions

1. Leadership – Ensure ongoing success of the initiative by providing leadership and consistent quality of finance, administration, fundraising, communications, program evaluation and data systems. Serve as external spokesperson for the initiative and communicate results with an emphasis on successes of the Saint Paul pilot as a model for replication.

2. Planning and Management – Design and complete the strategic business planning process for expansion of the initiative. Work with the Promise Neighborhood Community Advisory Board, city residents and community partners to develop a plan to deliver a continuum of services that addresses identified achievement gaps and other barriers. Obtain commitments from partners to work long-term to implement the plan, help ensure continued programmatic success and develop a strategy to hold partners accountable for meeting performance goals and milestones.

3. Community Outreach and Engagement – Oversee the implementation of a formal strategy to build community support for and involvement in the development of the plan. Work with schools, parents, youth, other residents and community partners in building upon and leveraging high quality academic programs, family and community supports.

4. Development – Oversee efforts to build capacity and secure the financial sustainability of the plan by expanding fundraising and development activities. Promote community engagement in the planning process and resident participation in planning activities. Actively engage volunteers, community groups, partnering organizations, politicians and funders to help achieve strategic goals. Ensure that there is excellent communication about the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood initiative and that its programs and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders. Manage budgets and monitor success indicators, with regular reporting back to the Wilder President, Wilder Board of Directors, Promise Neighborhood Advisory Board and other key partners and constituents.

Education and Experience Requirements

BA degree in public or non-profit administration, public policy, political science, communications or related field required. MA degree preferred. At least 5-10 years of public sector, human services, or community relations experience required. Must be a confident, proven leader with knowledge of the public sector. Knowledge and understanding of the K-12 education system preferred. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse constituencies. Must be a persuasive communicator with excellent interpersonal, public speaking and multi-disciplinary project skills. Experience working in large, urban public systems and their environments including cross-sector or cross-jurisdictional work experience preferred. Demonstrated community engagement and organizing experience. Strong marketing, public relations and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders. Demonstrated commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.

Email a cover letter and resume to

No phone calls please.

When emailing your information and attachments please ensure your documents are in PDF or Microsoft Word format, and please indicate “Promise Neighborhood Director” in the subject of your email. Failure to indicate “Promise Neighborhood Director” may result in your email submission being misdirected.

Application deadline: 08/10/2011

Comments Off on New Position for St. Paul Initiative: Promise Neighborhood Director Position Announcement

Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Community news



Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: